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My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to help with its biggest volunteer event of the year, one month from today.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, also known as “Stamp Out Hunger”,  is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.  Feeding America is looking for volunteers to help move food from the post office to the Food Bank.  Help is needed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at multiple locations around Grand Rapids.  To sign up or learn more, send an email with “NALC” in the subject line to Dena Rogers at DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

 

PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A new event is coming to West Michigan this summer, all to benefit veterans.

 

The Freedom Cruise 2014 will take place June 25-29 and will feature car and bike events and cruises throughout West Michigan. The five-day event will be part of a fundraiser for local veterans through a new not-for-profit called Finish The Mission Veteran Relief Fund.

 

So far, the event has scheduled a Freedom Cruise on June 25 to kick off the event at Fifth Third Ballpark, featuring WLAV's Blues on the Mall and a custom car and bike show. At 7:00pm, there will be a baseball game between VetSports and Grand Rapids area police and fire personnel.

 

On Thursday, June 26th, there will be a Village Motor Festival in Sparta and on Friday, June 27th, History Channel's American Restoration, Rick & Kelly Dale will be at the Freedom Cruise Car and Bike Expo at the DeltaPlex.

 

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

See the dangers on the road from inside a semi-truck November 2

See the dangers on the road from inside a semi-truck November 2

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—See the road from the seat of a semi-truck during a special safety event outside the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Alpine Avenue NW Saturday, November 2.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., community members are invited to hop up into the driver’s seat of a semi-truck to see how passenger vehicles seem to disappear in the vehicle’s blind spots.  Trucking industry representatives and police officers will also be on hand to answer questions and share safety tips.

According to the Office of Highway Safety Planning, about 70 percent of truck crashes in Michigan involve a passenger vehicle. More than half of those crashes are caused by risky moves taken by the smaller vehicle.

The truck safety event is part of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program, which aims to curb truck-related crashes, injuries and deaths.  As part of the campaign, police are planning to step up patrols on U.S.

Third Annual Fallen Heroes Car Show on September 7

Third Annual Fallen Heroes Car Show on September 7

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- The Alpine Firefighters Association presents the third annual Heroes Car Show on Saturday, September 7 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Alpine Sports Complex, located at 1850 Alpine Church Road NW in Comstock Park, will come alive with variety of antique and unique vehicles on display.  Visitors will also get a chance to see the Wolverine Sky Hawks perform their remote control airplane show on the soccer field, south of the car show.  Vehicle judging will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a trophy awards presentation is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AlpineFirefightersAssociation

Kenowa Hills Public Schools privatizes bus services

Kenowa Hills Public Schools privatizes bus services

Kenowa Hills Public Schools is privatizing its bus services for the next academic year.

This week, the district awarded a three-year contract to Durham School Services to operate bus routes, starting September 1.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with Kenowa Hills schools,” said Durham Region Manager Brad Tate. “Preparations are already underway to ensure a safe and smooth operation this fall.”

The agreement will affect 2,400 students in six schools. Durham says its 34 buses will be equipped with GPS to streamlinecommunications and routes, saving on fuel and time. 

The three-year agreement is expected to save the school district at least $500,000.

“Our contract with Durham allows us to focus on classroom education without compromising school bus safety and on-time performance,” said Tamera Powers, director of finance for Kenowa Hills. “We’re impressed with Durham’s track record and appreciate their commitment to our students.”